When Purchasing Woodworking Tools, what to Look For

Price– I always find that purchasing tools that are priced “middle of the pack” gives me about the best value. I can often find a very decent tool, with a good warranty that is competitively priced.

Purchasing power tools goes beyond looking at power, just ask the woodworker who purchased the third time and a portable drill using it the battery pack actually blew out the bottom of it’s case, barely missing his leg … and this was an “experienced” woodworker.

If you use these guidelines in purchasing tools you will reduce your risk of purchasing poor quality tools or tools that don’t suite the work you need them for … save yourself some time, money and lot of frustration.

Corded or Cordless– you will generally pay much less for corded tools, BUT they are less convenient. If think you will be using your tools a lot, battery power is good, if you are only going to use your tool occasionally, corded is probably fine for you.
Where to Buy– as always, a reputable dealer, preferably one who has a selection to choose from and who will stand behind what they sell.

Without going into depth on many different tools, here are some points that I have found useful in purchasing tools.

Power– As noted above, bigger is not always better. I am an average sized woodworker and I have no use for drill over 14 volts, they are too powerful and too heavy, even for me they can twist my arm … look for what will do the job for you.

Even experienced woodworkers can go into “contractions” when it comes to trying to buy a new tool … can you imagine how a novice must feel?
The rule of thumb when buying anything is … “when you don’t know much, if anything about the product, select the cheapest or near cheapest price, or we pick the most powerful version, thinking that if one power is good, two must be better”.

We all do this with one thing or another, but doing this with power tools can be hazardous to your health. In her mind she wanted “a good one” and promptly purchased, at the sales person’s recommendation, an 18volt drill. Honestly, if this young gal is 100 pounds soaking we, I would be amazed, she is a wee bit of a thing, and you guessed, the first time she used the drill, the bit caught something in the wall and twisted out of her control to the point she had to seek medical attention and was off work for a few days and in a sling for two weeks.

Like purchasing anything, a bit of research can go a long way. As a rule, I have found most tool salespeople to be well informed, but remember, they will be trying to sell you the tools THEY sell and not what might be best for you, so keep this in mind when you are looking.

Warranty– look for tools that have a long or even lifetime warranty. Because they manufacturers do NOT want to see these tools coming back to them for repair or replacement, these tools will be among the better performers.

We all do this with one thing or another, but doing this with power tools can be hazardous to your health. She needed to fasten a bookshelf to the wall and decided to purchase a portable drill. In her mind she wanted “a good one” and promptly purchased, at the sales person’s recommendation, an 18volt drill. Honestly, if this young gal is 100 pounds soaking we, I would be amazed, she is a wee bit of a thing, and you guessed, the first time she used the drill, the bit caught something in the wall and twisted out of her control to the point she had to seek medical attention and was off work for a few days and in a sling for two weeks.

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